Top 11 Fruits That Dogs Can Eat
"There’s a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it, and keep it around.” – D. Dale
Humans need to add fruits to their diets for health reasons. You might think that if the food you eat is safe for you then it’s safe for your pet dog as well. Wrong! Not everything that’s good for us is good for dogs.
While there are a lot of human foods that dogs can safely eat, there are a few that are harmful and dangerous to them. This is the reason why you should be aware of what you feed your furry friends. Dogs and humans digest food differently and eating unhealthy foods can cause permanent health issues and some can even be fatal.
Dogs are carnivores and they don’t specifically need to have fruits in their diet but giving them fruit treats every once in a while is fine. Below is a list of fruits that you can give your furry buddy:
Apples are a great source of vitamins A and C. They are also an excellent source of fiber. Frozen apples make a great summer snack for senior dogs as they have low fat and protein content.
Bananas are high in fiber, vitamins, biotin, copper, and potassium. They have low sodium and cholesterol content but they are high in sugar that’s why bananas should be given to dogs in moderation.
Blueberries are abundant in antioxidants that help in preventing cell damage in both humans and dogs. They are also rich in phytochemicals and fiber.
Cantaloupes are low in calories and are rich in nutrients. They are also an excellent source of fiber and water. However, like bananas, cantaloupes are high in sugar and should be taken in moderation.
Whether fresh or dried, cranberries are safe for dogs. Cranberries should be given moderately as it can cause an upset stomach if too much is eaten.
Cucumbers contain little or no carbs, oils, or fats so they are great for overweight canines. Aside from that, they are also packed with vitamins B1, C, and K. They contain magnesium, biotin, copper, and potassium as well.
Rich in vitamins A, B6, C, and E, mangoes also contain beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and potassium. This fruit is also high in sugar and should be given once in a while only.
Oranges are good for dogs as they are a great source of vitamin, fiber, and potassium. The yummy, citrusy flesh of an orange can be given in small amounts.
Fresh peaches are a great source of vitamin A and fiber. However, like cherries, the pit of a peach has cyanide. Carefully remove the pit before giving peaches to your favorite pooch.
High in vitamins C and K, fiber, and copper, pears are an excellent snack. Cut them into bite-size pieces and don’t forget to remove the pit and seed.
Pineapples are filled with vitamins, fiber, and minerals. It also has an enzyme called bromelain that helps dogs absorb proteins easier.
Other fruits and some vegetables that are safe for dogs:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Green Beans
Fruits that are harmful to dogs:
Avocados are toxic to dogs. The leaves, skin, and pit contain a toxin called persin that can cause dogs to experience diarrhea and vomiting. The flesh doesn’t have as much persin but can still be harmful to dogs.
Except for the flesh surrounding the seed, cherries contain cyanide that’s toxic to dogs. Cyanide interrupts the transport of cellular oxygen that causes blood cells to have inadequate oxygen.
Grapes are really harmful to dogs. Whether fresh or dried (raisins), grapes should never be given to dogs as they can cause severe sudden failure of the kidney.
Although the ripe tomato fruit is safe for dogs, the green parts contain solanine, a toxic substance that can make your pet sick so it’s better to not include tomatoes in their diet.